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Baltimore, Maryland
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Friday, September 12, 1997
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M A R Y L A N I) The Sun in Anne Arundel : Friday, September 12, 1997 : Page 9b n Suit filed by sons of slain woman is disputed 1 awyers for her husband call maneuver an attempt to help prosecutoiV case By Joan Jacobson SUN STAFF Lawyers for James J. Harrison Jr., a suspect in the unsolved killing of his estranged wife, Susan Hurley Harrison, yesterday accused her sons of using a civil suit to help prosecutors implicate him. While conceding that "James Harrison is the primary target" in the criminal investigation, his lawyers asked the Baltimore County Circuit Court to postpone action on the $17 million civil suit until a criminal investigation is complete. The suit filed in July by Jonathan Hawkes Owsley and Nicholas Barrett Owsley, the Ruxton woman's adult sons from another marriage blames James Harrison for their mother's death and accuses him of abusing her for years. Harrison's lawyers yesterday denied the allegations that their client physically abused his wife and claimed it was Susan Harrison suffering from a "serious psychiatric illness" who abused her husband. James Harrison could not be reached for comment yesterday. The remains of Susan Harrison were found Nov. 29 in a grave in rural Frederick County. Her death from head injuries was ruled a homicide. She was last reported alive by James Harrison on Aug. 5, 1994. Her car was found at Washington's National Airport four weeks later. In their motion yesterday seeking a delay in the civil suit, James Harrison's lawyers said he "deeply loved his wife and had absolutely no involvement in her disappearance and death." "There can be no question that the civil case was brought by the (sons to assist the state with its criminal investigation. It is not mere coincidence that immediately after the most recent search of James Harrison's home, Susan's sons and estate filed suit," said the motion, filed by lawyers Arnold M. Weiner, Thomas J. Zagami and Steven A. Allen. State and Baltimore County police searched Harrison's Timo-nium home for 10 hours in July and hauled away several envelopes of personal papers. They would not discuss the reason for the search. Allen said yesterday that he believes Susan Harrison's "sons are concerned there will never be a criminal case and want to become actively involved in forcing a case and become investigators for the case." As an example, the motion claims that "the relationship between the state and Susan's family has become so close" that the chief medical examiner acted as the family's personal representative by traveling to Boston before her funeral to attend to the examination of her remains. But C. Carey Deeley Jr., lawyer for the sons, yesterday said the medical examiner was attending an examination of Susan Harrison's remains by a forensic expert hired by James Harrison's lawyers. The motions filed on James Harrison's behalf also say that the taking of depositions or any other discovery in the civil suit "would violate his rights" while the criminal investigation Is still active. The suit is unusual because it seeks damages for a "pattern of abuse," a legal tactic recognized by courts in New Jersey but not Maryland, said Deeley. The suit alleges incidents of violence by James Harrison against his wife. The couple separated in 1 993 after five years of marriage. Even Sundays, Baltimore streets will be cleaned Part-time w orkers to sweep extra hours on weekdays, too By JoAnna Daemmrich SUN STAFF On the seventh day, the street cleaners will no longer rest. Even Sundays, and for longer hours the rest of the week, Baltimore will spruce itself up by sending additional crews to sweep the streets, major alleys and shopping districts. The Department of Public Works also is printing fliers and cards to remind all Baltimoreans to recycle, clean their yards, store trash properly and help elderly neighbors. "If we together do these cleanups, the city crews and the citizens, then ours will be a better city," Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said yesterday in announcing the "Seven Days Seven Ways" campaign. "Hopefully, it leads to a safer, healthier city." The Department of Public Works is hiring 70 part-timers, or "seasonal employees," to handle the daily cleaning services. As an added boon, the initiative is expected to save $ 1 .3 million. Public Works, which has 340 full-time employees assigned to cleanup duties, currently spends about $1.8 million a year on overtime. Employing the part-timers, who will be paid less as they work March through November, will cost $500,000 but will cut the overtime bill. Until now, the city only spruced up the Inner Harbor and other! major tourist destinations on Sundays. Beginning this week, the part-time crews will work Sundays-and six extra hours daily to restore a little hometown shine-throughout the city. "When you go out to get a doughnut on Sunday, you're going to see someone at the shopping center cleaning, maybe a hokey man with a broom, or someone in a 'green machine,'" said Public Works Director George G. Balog. Baltimore is much cleaner, Balog said, than it was three years ago, when the mayor ordered a crackdown at the Bureau of Solid Waste. After touring one trash-strewn neighborhood after another in 1994, Schmoke concluded that Charm City looked filthy. The agency has since reorganized, contacted community associations and made monthly rounds of 20 city sectors to pick up bulk trash and clean alleys. "I've noticed the complaints have dropped substantially," Bal-ogsaid. Some community leaders agreed and credited the city with making strides. Others said they still could point out plenty of va cant lots and alleys littered with everything from old mattresses and rusting appliances. Delores Barnes, president of Concerned Citizens for a Better Brooklyn, was pleased to hear of the longer hours. She said she doesn't have to look far for a major route for the city to clean. "Patapsco Avenue," she said. "There are a bunch of bags filled with debris that sit there all weekend." The cleaning schedule used to be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Now, it will be 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. PaceRIaster a Best ESiv Displays The information you need to know for safe, effective treadmill exercise: time speed (.7-11 mph) etevafon(0-15o) distance catones burned Use the preset cardiovascular programs or design your own. 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"Our phones have been ringing off the hook," stated John Van Emden of the International Collectors Society, the exclusive worldwide distributor of the stamps. "Princess Diana touched the hearts of all of us with a warmth and closeness to the people that is not usually associated with Royalty. It's clear from all the calls we're handling that the entire world is overwhelmed with grief at this horrific loss." Experts are already predicting that this Princess Diana issue will be the most sought after collectible stamp of all time. The nine stamps in the set picture The Princess in the famous gowns she recently donated to a charitable auction held at Christie's in New York City, U.S.A. "Princess Diana was without a doubt the most famous and most : m m : I 80QP (7 f V vK Jv1 Limited Edition honors "the most beloved lady of our time." photographed woman in the world," added Van Emden. "Three quarters of a billion people in 74 countries watched the Royal Wedding. When you realize that these stamps are a Limited Edition of just thousands worldwide, you can see the irresistible appeal that they have to collectors. In fact, we're nearly sold out." Each of the nine colorful stamps in the set is four times the size of a regular U.S. stamp. They're legal for postage in the Togolaise Republic and are recognized by every postal authority around the world. If you want to order the collection, you must act quickly. The stamps are available for a short time while supplies last at their original issue price of $9.95 (plus $3 postage and handling) for the complete set of nine different stamps. You'll also receive a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The most you can buy is six sets. Send your check or money order to ICS, 3600 Crondall Lane, Suite 100THDN, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Credit card holders may call toll free 1-800-235-1500. S Princess Diana's Lasting Legacy Against all odds, Princess Diana embraced the plight of society's so-called "untouchables-such as: sick and handicapped children the homeless battered women victims of terminal disease victims of anti-personnel landmines She will forever be remembered for: her charitable efforts her promotion of equality her devotion to her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry 199?. Internalionai Coltetofs Sooely J 3 r m - 4 . - i . ,1 il'.r '.if 't i 1

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